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A Martian Odyssey

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  420 Ratings  ·  55 Reviews
The other three stared at him sympathetically--Putz, the engineer, Leroy, the biologist, and Harrison, the astronomer and captain of the expedition. Dick Jarvis was chemist of the famous crew, the Ares expedition, first human beings to set foot on the mysterious neighbor of the earth, the planet Mars. This, of course, was in the old days, less than twenty years after the m ...more
Paperback, 48 pages
Published June 1st 2004 by Kessinger Publishing (first published July 1934)
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Stephen
I'm a huge SF geekasaurus fairly prolific reader of science fiction and yet I was very surprised to learn that this classic tale was the #2 vote getter (behind only Isaac Asimov’s Nightfall) when the Science Fiction Writers of America compiled their list of the Best SF short stories written before 1965. Of course, once I read this strange and wonderful story, my bulging eyes receded and I quickly lost the slack in my jaw because Stanley G Weinbaum penned a masterpiece when he wrote this tale in ...more
Kandice
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! It may be in part due to the fact that the last two titles I finished kind of blew. Or maybe because I read it in a waiting room and it managed to make me laugh out loud. Not LOL, but for real, with sound, laughing out loud, in public, in an otherwise quiet place.

I made the mistake of reading a few bad reviews. This little tome was written in 1934 and when you keep that in mind as you read, it is so much more entertaining that it would be if written now. Our narrator is a pret
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Olethros
-Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios publicados
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Jacey
Think not what you can do for Mars, think only what Mars can do for you. (Sigh!) Yes, this is colonialist, imperialist and racist in equal measure, yet it's probably not fair to condemn it for that since it was Written in 1934 and is of its time. It would be cruel to review it through the lens of 2014 because it simply doesn't stand up.

A expedition to Mars which Weinbaum imagines as a dry desert with thin but breathable air and low gravity. It has plants and creatures consistent with the world
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Austin Aslan
Dec 05, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, my God. This story was disgusting. And I don't mean gross. I mean an abomination of a tale. I know, I know...it was written in the 1930s. But I don't feel inclined to give Weinbaum any slack for that. This story wasn't only poorly written, cocky, highly- and offensively-racist, it was an imperial and colonial orgasm in the worst pornographic way. The main character might as well have been Zapp Brannigan from Futurama, and his exploits with Martian aliens would have made early British colonia ...more
Dan'l Danehy-oakes
Either you know the story of Stanley G. Weinbaum, or you don't care. If you fall into either of those categories, skip the next two paragraphs.

In those dark days when science fiction was mostly rubbish about robots and slavering aliens menacing beautiful women in brass bikinis, and their (white, heterosexual, cis) male saviors - in those days, I say, an unknown writer named Stanley G. Weinbaum published a story called "A Martian Odyssey." It was far advanced over much of what was being published
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Jessica Meyers
Honestly, I am speechless as to how much I loved this book. Stanley Weinbaum has a fantastic imagination and my type of quirky since of humor. I laughed through the whole book! There were parts I literally had tears dripping off my face because I could not for the life of me stop laughing. The characters he told about were fascinating, and their inner workings so detailed that they seemed real. It's amazing how his words can paint such a beautifully detailed, incredibly funny, and exciting story ...more
Cris
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Un excelente libro para iniciar la lectura de ciencia ficción. Las historias son tan originales y bien contadas. Me gustó mucho como para recomendarlo a cualquier lector independientemente de su preferencia en género literario.
Scott Hutsell
A fascinating look at the starts of modern science-fiction. Imaginative in setting and scope; comfortingly formulaic in plot. Would have given it 4 stars but the echoes of early 20th century views on race (in only one paragraph though) were jarring and stayed with me after reading the story.
Shafaet Ashraf
Oct 02, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
সটযানলি ওয়েইনবাম কে সাইনস ফিকশনের পায়োনিয়ারদের একজন কেন ধরা হয় সেটা বুঝতে হলে বইটা অবশযই পড়তে হবে। দু:খজনক বযাপার হলো লেখক মাতর ৩২ বছর বয়সে মারা গিয়েছেন, আর কিছুদিন বেচে থাকলে আরো দারুণ কিছু বই উপহার দিয়ে যেতে পারতেন। ...more
Jerry
Apr 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: appendix-n
Fun travelogue of strange creatures on Mars that are genuinely alien.
De Jan
Re-read in May 2013.
6 stars!
A masterpiece!
Chris
Sep 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an omnibus edition of two previous anthologies of Mr. Weinbaum's sci-fi short stories, "A Martian Odyssey and Others," and "The Red Peri." The first volume contains the most consistently higher quality stories in that they are inventive in terms of world-building and imagining totally alien forms of life. The second volumne contains his lesser known and lesser quality works. Special clunkers are the two pieces co-written by Ralph Milne Farley, one of which has a surprisingly intriguing t ...more
Andy Hickman
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“A Martian Odyssey” (1934) – Stanley G. Weinbaum (USA)

A significant pioneering narrative in the development of sc-fi. ****

“Imperturbable” = incapable of being upset or agitated; not easily excited; calm.

The main character, Jarvis, is musing about his past girlfriend back on Earth. To his surprise he sees her on Mars! But it's an alien creature using the prey's mental images to create an illusion and hypnotise to lure the hapless victims. Similar alien technique (not as malevolent) as in Ray Brad
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Rafeeq O.
Aug 16, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Martian Odyssey by Stanley G. Weinbaum has some of the occasional creakiness to be expected of Golden Age science fiction--conventions of the era, really, rather than actual true authorial failures--but for its period of the mid-1930s this book of five stories does indeed show a great deal of innovative imagination, and of course quite decent storytelling as well.

The title story, the 1934 "A Martian Odyssey," is one of those original "classics" about which the SF reader always hears, such as,
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Aggie Christine
"A Martian Odyssey,"is a fine short story however, I would not recommend it as one's first attempt to immerse one's self in science fiction. It does have a nicely developed world and the story being told from the perspective of the narrator telling a story to his crew mates makes it unique in the sea of Alien attacks and strange encounters that floods the Science Fiction Genre. It is a simple story and can be read in about an hour of one is a quick reader. I would recommend this story to more se ...more
Amanda
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
A precursor to The Martian? There is something about Mars, it seems, that lends itself to humorous, self-deprecating observations. Weinbaum offers a tale that brings to the fore every hypocrisy and prejudice of the invader and then sets them on their head... Well nearly.
Somehow, the humour is in the way assumptions of superiority, improbability and impossibility are expressed by Jarvis and his fellow crew mates. Given the level of obvious disdain and condescension, the biggest threat seems to b
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Jordan
Sep 10, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-school, sci-fi
I couldn't even tell you what happened in this story.
James
Dec 28, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mixed bag, but an important one given its historical context. Weinbaum was something of a prodigy, rewriting the course of science fiction in his tragically brief career (he died while in his early thirties, in 1935). Weinbaum's work took us from the era of Victorian/Edwardian adventure (Verne, Wells) into the golden age of post-WWII science fiction. And in this collection of five short stories and novellas, we see that change as it occurs.

Despite being a major breakthrough, viewed with eight
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Benjamin Chandler
Truth be told, the edition of the book I read is not on Goodreads for some reason, so I'm putting my review here.

After reading a great short story by this author in a scifi anthology about Venus, I seeked him out to see where else he could take me.

Weinbaum had a career that was brief but prolific, and notable for his ability to imagine new worlds. All of his "Planetary" stories are collected into one volume here, spanning from Venus to Mars, to the moons of the gas giants, and even out to littl
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Norm Davis
Mar 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Golden era science fiction
Recommended to Norm by: Librovox App for Android Devices.
A Martian Odyssey, Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

Naturally, a July 1934 story of a first trip to Mars will have plenty of inaccuracies. If you think about it, could you get in the ballpark, or even the state if you were guessing about technology 80 years from now? Despite that, in this story I think the Martian co-protagonist is what wins the day, on so many levels.

Once pass the initial 1930's culture shock, the protagonist, Jarvis, tells his story. He isn't John Carter on Barsoom-Mars, but this imag
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Eric
Sep 29, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: science fiction buffs.
Stanley G. Weinbaum's mind is an incredible force in the pioneering of a genre that was largely undeveloped at the time of his writing. His first story, A Martian Odyssey, ran in the mid nineteen thirties. This doesn't stop his characters from visiting Mars in atomic powered space craft. He briefly alludes to a series of previous space expeditions, which gives his universe a complete feel, despite the sparse details that frame it. The bulk of the story is told my one of the martianauts who is se ...more
Edmund Wight
Nov 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story is an OLD sci-fi tale. It was written in 1934, before spaceflight, before the nuclear bomb before we really knew diddly about the reality of Mars. BUT if you ignore the lack of knowledge that we have since gained it is still a tale worthy of a read.
The first men have flown to Mars in their nuclear rocket and are busy studying the planet.
A man treks across the Martian landscape after his flyer crashes. He encounters creatures both intelligent and not, some friendly and others outrigh
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Dewey
Jan 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A splendid early sci-fi story from the 1930's, apparently among the first to depict extraterrestrials as friendly The imagination behind Weinbaums depiction of Mars - backed by accurate science as was known in the 1930's - is quite fresh even today, as is the whole story in general. It is easy to see how science fiction has a place in its heart for the short story if good stories were coming out as early as this. Aside from a slightly sluggish beginning everything about this story felt fresh, an ...more
CV Rick
Can you believe this guy only had an 18 month career? He wrote for years, but his first professional publication happened a year and a half before he died of lung cancer. I wonder what he was up to and I wonder what he could've become.

Anyway, A Martian Odyssey - the title story apparently changed the science fiction genre. It was the first alien to truly be alien. The Tweel didn't act like a human, think like a human, speak like a human, or look like a human. It was better than human and worse.
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Joey Brockert

I was cued in to read this book from the dedication for it in “Deus Irae” by Mr, Zalanzy and Mr. Dick.
Four astronauts have landed and are exploring Mats. One goes this way, and the other goes that way. The one had a problem and had to walk back to the ship across various landscapes. The first thing the does is save an odd creatujre from being eaten by another creature. They became trabeling companions. On the way back they encountered other oddities, most of which were explained by the creatur
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Simon
Nov 14, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf-and-fantasy
It's been a while since I read any Golden Age science fiction, and now I know why. The cover blurb and fawning introduction try desperately hard to convince you that these stories are ground-breaking classics, but all I found was a handful of horribly dated tales. Even taking into account the fact that they were written in the 1930s there's no excuse for characterisation which doesn't extend beyond identifying people as "the physicist", "the chemist" and "the astronomer", for conversations which ...more
Juanjo Conti
Feb 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un cuento de Ciencia Ficción que explica distintos tipos de vida diferentes a la humana.

En el prólogo Isaac Asimov cuenta que el autor murió joven pero solo con este cuento le alcanzó para ser proclamado el mejor escritor de ciencia ficción del mundo y que todos los escritores del género lo empiecen a imitar.

Está bueno obviando que hoy sabemos que no existe vida en Marte. Vale la pena leerlo.
Olethros
-Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios publicados
...more
Olethros
-Una buena ocasión para demostrar que las perspectivas cambian con el tiempo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Seis relatos del prematuramente malogrado y no demasiado conocido autor, mayoritariamente de Ciencia-Ficción y que tocan, entre otros temas, el extraño y peligroso ecosistema venusiano, las matemáticas para escapar de un loco homicida, una isla con criaturas extrañas, la exploración de Marte y una mujer con capacidades metahumanas. Relatos escritos entre 1934 y 1936, varios publicados
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"In his short career, Stanley G. Weinbaum revolutionized science fiction. We are still exploring the themes he gave us." - Poul Anderson

"Stanley G. Weinbaum's name deserves to rank with those of Wells and Heinlein - and no more than a handful of others - as among the great shapers of modern science fiction." - Frederik Pohl
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